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Antique Japanese Carved Toggle Netsuke
Four Boy in Two
Karako Acrobat
Signature: unsigned. Circa: 18th Century
H 1.5 in.(3.8cm), W 0.7 in.(2cm), D 1.4 in.(3.6cm)
Condition: hair lines, usage worn!


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Four Karako Netsuke

This netsuke of two karako resting on each other are appearing to be performing acrobat; as one turns the netsuke sideways, the composition reveals two frontal figures in opposing direction, with similar facial features, both are seated with hands resting on their knees. As stated by Raymond Bushell in “Netsuke, Familiar and Unfamiliar”, the fascinating motif of two boys transforming into four is an extraordinary design predated Japanese netsuke by a considerable period in China, where it is found in jade and other materials. In view of the usage worn on the two large himotoshi, which tunneled through a small opening to the opposite side, in a rare three cord-holes design that indicated the netsuke may well be converted from a Chinese toggle. Judging from the archaic style of this netsuke, along with the long and terse surface hairlines, and the varied cream white patina to a naturally aged honey gold lustre, we can safely dated this netsuke to 18th century or earlier.

  
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